24 Jan 6 Types of Cosmetic Dentistry for a Confident Smile
Not everyone wants 15 minutes of fame. We avoid the camera, public speaking, or any kind of face-to-face conversation when someone may see our teeth. Rather than an expression of joy, a smile is dwarfed by the self-conscious condition of our teeth. Are your teeth holding you back from shining your light? The American Dental Association confirms – you are not alone:
1 in 4 adults avoid smiling due to the condition of their mouth and teeth.
23% of adults feel embarrassment due to the condition of their mouth and teeth.
1 in 5 adults experience anxiety due to the condition of their mouth and teeth.
The good news is there are steps you can take to improve the appearance of your teeth. So, before that next tight-lipped photo, learn more about the 6 types of cosmetic dentistry for a confident smile.
Teeth whitening or teeth bleaching is a non-invasive and simple procedure done to change the color of your natural tooth enamel. While whitening toothpaste and strips can improve the brightness of the enamel slightly, in-office whitening provides the quickest and most dramatic change. Our light system, ZOOM, activates the whitening gel and delivers visible results after a single 30 to 60-minute session.
Tooth shaping is a way to remove or smooth-out smaller defects in teeth. Also called “cosmetic contouring” tooth shaping is a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of teeth when the defect is minor. In the case of cosmetic contouring, your dentist may use small tools for sanding, shaping and to even-out a tooth. This process is not designed for teeth with significant repair issues such as deeper fractures, but it is a good solution for minor tweaks to improve appearance.
If you’ve ever chipped a tooth you may know about bonding. Bonding is ideal for teeth that have been chipped or broken. A composite resin matching your natural tooth color is applied using adhesives and a curing light. To avoid discoloration or mismatch with natural teeth, it’s important to brush after consuming stain-causing foods including coffee, tea, and wine. Extend the life of your bonded tooth by avoiding using your teeth for other purposes. Teeth are not a wrench to open caps, or a replacement for scissors to cut price tags or tear other items.
When teeth are severely decayed, or when teeth can no longer be restored with fillings, crowns are necessary to restore the complete tooth surface. A zirconia crown is made from ceramic, and its translucent quality makes it indistinguishable from your other teeth. Once the shape, color, and fit are confirmed, crowns are permanently cemented in place ensuring a long-term solution. The durability of a crown means you can eat, crush, and chew your food the same as your natural teeth.
Veneers are made of porcelain and are essentially a very thin shell that is custom made for you and bonded to the front surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are used to replace lost tooth structure, to improve esthetic appearance of color or to reshape teeth, or to close gaps between teeth. Because of its porcelain material, veneers are more durable than bonding for long-term wear. Veneers are an ideal solution for whole-mouth restoration.
According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million people currently have implants. Dental implants are designed and manufactured with the latest technology available to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are made of titanium or other compatible materials that allow your body to heal around them. We will explore implants in further detail in our February 2018 blog.
Our Guarantee to You
Some cosmetic procedures may be covered by your health insurance if it is considered repair such as fixing a chipped tooth. Imperial Dental Center can assist you in determining what services may be covered. For all cosmetic and restorative work, we provide a warranty. For a period of 5 years from the date of delivery, we will repair or replace the restoration due to breakage under normal use, misfit or decay at no cost to you. This includes crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays and cosmetic veneers.
There are conversations to be had, pictures to be taken and socializing that will happen. Let them see your confidence with a strong, engaging and contagious smile. Learn more about the options for repairing or improving your teeth by scheduling a consultation today.
Dr. Dragana Angelova
Imperial Dental Center
“We Love to See You Smile”